South Dakota Bill To Prohibit Dangerous China Tech Signed Into Law

On March 22, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed into law SB 189 that prohibits purchasing agencies from contracting with companies owned or controlled by certain foreign entities or governments, including China. The bill received broad support, receiving only 2 votes against it in the Senate. At the bill signing ceremony, the bill’s original sponsor Senator Jim Stalzer cited China Tech Threat’s research that found that between 2016 and 2022, the state of South Dakota spent $29,808 on Chinese technology from Lexmark and Lenovo that is restricted or banned by the federal government. The research also revealed the technology is used by government agencies that hold sensitive information, including the National Guard Armory and the Division of Criminal Investigation. The… Read More